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Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Places that shouldn't be missed while visiting Nepal
Nepal is the land of
eternal beauty and attraction blended with the colourful cultures, ancient
history, picturesque scenery and beautiful people with warm hospitality
surrounded by two big countries India in east, west and south and China in the
north. It is one of the most exotic adventure destinations where one can get
involved with various activities such as: Tours and treks, Rafting, Jungle
safari, Expeditions and many more. It is the land of various Flora and Fauna,
Lakes and rivers, caves and mountains.
Kathmandu is the
capital of Nepal and is the largest city. It is culturally rich. The cultural
heritage of Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by the seven groups of monuments
and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements
for which the Kathmandu Valley
is world famous. It is also home to hundreds of other exquisite monuments,
sculpture, artistic temples and magnificent art. Kathmandu is blessed by a living
goddess Kumari and is enriched endless ceremonial processions and events.
Patan is a city of fine
arts, enclosed within 4 stupas which is also known as Lalitpur. It is one of
the major cities of Nepal located in central part of Kathmandu Valley. Patan is
known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its traditions of arts and
handicrafts. It is a city of festival and feast, fine ancient art, making of
metallic and stone carving statue. The most important monuments of the city is
Patan Durbar Square which has been listed by UNESCO as one of the seven
monument zones that make up the Kathmandu Valley world heritage site.
Bhaktapur is just 14 km
away from the Kathmandu. It is also the best destination for the study of art
and architecture. It has beautifully preserved Palace courtyard where we can
see the beautifully carved wooden, metal and stone work. Palace of 55 Windows
is the best example of woodcarving. It is a unique masterpiece built in seventeenth
century. The city is rich in its Culture and Tradition due to which it is
listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The majority of the people are Newars who
are famous for their Custom and Tradition and Cuisine too. This city is also
popular for different forms of mask dance performed based on lives of different
deities by human representation.
At an altitude of 4919m
there lies the one of the World’s highest lake “Tilicho Lake”. It lies in the
Annapurna Range. The main source of the lake is Tilicho Peak and Tilicho
Glacier. On the route you can have the spectacular views of the Himalayas along
with the warm hospitality of the local people. The only access to reach the
lake is trekking. This trek is considered as one of the challenging trek in Nepal.
Pokhara is one of the
most beautiful city of Nepal popularly known as city of Lakes and Caves. It is
second biggest city of Nepal after Kathmandu. Snowy peaks, serene Lakes, Greenery
surroundings and the pristine air make this city popular among tourist. It is
also the best place for the adventure lovers as it provides the adventure
activities such as Paragliding, Ultra light flights, Zip Flyer. It is also the
getaway to popular trekking destination i.e. Annapurna Trekking Region.
At the height of 3210m
there lies the Poon hill which is one of the best places to catch the sunrise
view. It lies in the foothills of Annapurna offering unobstructed and
magnificent views world’s 7th highest peak Mt. Dhaulagiri and
world’s 10th highest peak Mt. Annapurna along with other peaks. The
Ghorepani and Poon hill trek is a colourful foray into the Annapurna Region
where you will be welcomed by the beautiful Rhododendron forest .The trek
starts and ends in Pokhara.
Upper Mustang lies in
the rain shadow of Dhaulagiri which is surrounded by rocks in all kind of
colours and bizarre formations. This region is famous for trekking where it
brings you into the hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang. This
area is used to be a kingdom of Bhote/Thakali community until Nepal is declared
a newest secular and republican country in 2008. Upper Mustang is known as
restricted area of trekking because the historical and religious monuments and
the natural and geographical diversity are supposed to be protected as their
importance is more essential for the nation.
Rara Lake lies in the
Rara National Park of Mugu district in Nepal. It is the biggest lake of Nepal
situated at an altitude of 2990m above the sea level covering the area of 10.18
square kilometres. The turquoise blue lake is the home of different species of
fish surrounded by pine, spruce and juniper forest. It is the best destination
for the trekkers where one can spot different wildlife such as; Leopards, Musk
deer, Ghoral, Himalayan Black Bear and the rare shy nature Red Panda. It is
also the best place for bird lover as one can see different species of birds.
Lumbini is the place
where Lord Buddha was born around the year 563 BC. It lies in the Terai plains
of Southern Nepal. We can see the beautiful monasteries and temples build by
the different countries. It is also the best place to study the Buddhist
history, art and architecture. Maya Devi Temple is the major attraction in the
lumbini among the pilgrims and archaeologists.